Shakhtar Donetsk gets no money for free departures due to war, TAS also blames Russian clubs

Ismaily moved from Shakhtar to Lille on a free transfer last summer. The Ukrainian club wanted compensation from FIFA for this. — ©  ISOPIX

The Ukrainian top club Shakhtar Donetsk will not receive money for free outgoing transfers as a result of the war. Shakhtar had demanded compensation of 40 million euros from the World Football Association FIFA because it worked out a scheme that allowed players to leave for free.

The International Sports Tribunal TAS in Lausanne does not follow up on the complaint. Eight top Russian clubs that challenged a similar measure were also wrong.


Two separate panels rendered their verdict. “But each rejected the claims and affirmed the contested decision,” a statement from the TAS said.

Shakhtar saw several players move to other teams due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and wanted a compensation of 40 million euros from FIFA for this. The Ukrainian top club found itself the victim of some measures taken by FIFA after the Russian invasion of the country. For example, the World Football Association decided that players active at Ukrainian clubs could have their contracts suspended until June 30, 2023 if they did not agree with their team beforehand. According to Shakhtar, this resulted in several internationals leaving the team for free.

With regard to Russian clubs, FIFA offers players and coaches the option to unilaterally suspend their international contracts until June 30, 2023, provided no mutual agreement has been reached by June 30, 2022. The eight Russian clubs that did not agree to these measures but, like Shakhtar, received no response, are Zenit Saint Petersburg, Dynamo Moscow, FC Sochi, CSKA Moscow, FC Krasnodar, Lokomotiv Moscow, FC Rostov and Rubin Kazan.

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